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Story 1: TROPICAL STORM QUINTA INTENSIFIES
Tropical storm Quinta, international codename Wukong, intensifies as it continues to move towards Eastern Visayas.
Public storm signal number 2 is up in these parts of the Visayas:
Eastern Samar, Western Samar, Leyte, Southern Leyte, Northern Cebu, Camotes Island, Bohol, Biliran.
In these parts of Mindanao:
Dinagat Province, Siargao Island, and Surigao Del Norte
While signal number 1 is raised in the following areas in Visayas:
Northern Samar, Masbate, Ticao Island, Aklan, Capiz, Antique, Iloilo, Guimaras, Negros provinces, Siquijor and the Rest of Cebu.
Signal number 1 is also raised in the following areas in Mindanao:
Agusan Del Norte, Agusan Del Sur, Misamis Oriental, Camiguin, and Surigao Del Sur
Estimated rainfall amount is heavy to intense with 10 to 20 millimeters per hour within the 350 kilometer diameter of the storm.
The storm is expected to be 50 kilometers East of Cuyo Island in Palawan by Wednesday afternoon.
Story 2: PH NAVY ACTIVATES DISASTER RESPONSE UNITS FOR QUINTA
The Philippine Navy is on stand-by for disaster response operations as Typhoon Quinta approaches Visayas and Mindanao.
Navy Headquarters in Manila instructed naval forces and their disaster response units to be on alert as early as Sunday...
When Quinta was spotted as a low pressure area.
A navy unit is composed of 12 members equipped with a 6 by 6 truck, a couple of rubber boats, rescue gears and equipment.
The navy says it is on standby and ready for national disaster response operations even if it is Christmas.
Story 3: CHRISTMAS DAY FIRES CAUSE CASUALTIES
The Bureau of Fire Protection says at least 8 died in two separate fires in Metro Manila on Christmas Day.
The BFP says a fire began in a residential neighborhood in Aguilar Street, Project 7, Quezon City.
The fire reaches Task Force Charlie, which mobilizes other fire trucks within Metro Manila, before it was under control an hour later.
In San Juan, the situation turns ugly as residents in a burning shantytown turn against firefighters.
Residents say the firemen didn’t come to their aid fast enough.
Chief Superintendent Santiago Laguna says a man, mistaken for a fireman, was beaten and died.
But Laguna says says the residents are to blame.
He says fire trucks had a hard time entering the narrow streets blocked by parked cars and carts.
The fire left 2,000 families homeless.
Story 4: MILF TO ANNOUNCE TRANSITION COMMISSION NOMINEES 'SOON'
The Moro Islamic Liberation Front starts choosing its nominees for the 15-member Transition Commission or TransCom that will craft the legislative measure for the Bangsamoro peace plan.
MILF secretariat chair Muhammed Ameen says the initial list of nominees include a woman, a member of the indigenous peoples, an Islamic scholar, and a senior military leader of the Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces.
President Benigno Aquino will appoint the 15 members of the TransCom.
The MILF will nominate 8 members while the government will select 7 members.
Story 5: PNP BOSS TO COPS: DON'T FIRE GUNS ON NEW YEAR
Newly installed Philippine National Police chief Director General Alan Purisima warns Filipinos against using illegal firecrackers.
He says vendors selling them will be punished.
Purisima also orders his men not to bring in the New Year by firing their guns.
He says, "There are safer means to greet the New Year and our policemen should be the role model."
The PNP partners with the Department of Health, in-charge of informing the public of dangers of firecrackers.
The PNP is inspecting firecracker factories and stores.
Story 6: A WEEK BEFORE NEW YEAR: FIREWORKS INJURIES EXCEED 2011'S
Injuries due to fireworks shoot up to 44, exceeding incidents recorded in the same period last year.
Department of Health assistant secretary Eric Tayag says on his Twitter account, Metro Manila leads other regions with 14 injuries.
Tayag also tweets, “A 22 year old man in Compostela Valley lost his thumb, index and middle fingers after picking up a "super lolo’”.
A super lolo is a locally produced firecracker known for its strong blast.
Most of the injuries, or exactly 80%, were among males.
4% of the injured were under the influence of alcohol.
32% of the cases were children 10 years old and younger.
The health department is considering a partial or total fireworks ban if more Filipinos are injured this year.
The local government of Davao City has already imposed a total ban on firecrackers.
32 people have been arrested in the city for violating the ban.
Story 7: ROTTEN EGG ATTACK MARS INDONESIA CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION
Indonesian Muslims threw rotten eggs at Christians waiting to attend Christmas mass outside Jakarta.
Some 100 Christian worshippers planned to hold a mass in unoccupied land where they hoped to build a church.
But furious locals physically blocked the road and threw rotten eggs at the gathering worshippers.
A local police chief says they managed to convince the Christians to abandon the plan and return home.
Ninety percent of Indonesians are Muslims.
Indonesia's constitution guarantees freedom of religion but rights groups say violence against minorities including Christians escalated since 2008.
Story 08: HASHTAG SYMBOLIZES END OF AN ERA FOR NEWSWEEK
Hashtag LAST PRINT ISSUE.
Almost 80 years after first going to print, the final Newsweek magazine hit newsstands Monday, featuring an ironic hashtag as a symbol of its transition to an all-digital format.
The second-largest weekly news magazine in the United States struggles with a steep drop in print advertising revenue, steadily declining circulation and migration of readers to free news online.
In an introduction entitled: "A NEW CHAPTER: Sometimes, change isn't just good, it's necessary"...
Editor-in-chief Tina Brown writes, "The next issue, in the first week of January, will be on your iPad or Kindle or phone."
She says the all-digital version would be targeted at today's -quote- "highly mobile, opinion-leading audience."
Story 9: THE wRap
Let’s now look at Rappler’s “wRap” for today…
a list of the ten most important events around the world you shouldn’t miss.
At number 2, Pope Benedict the sixteenth says in his 2012 Christmas Eve mass religion can be corrupted, leading to violence and wars, but refutes critics who claim denying God's existence would lead to peace.
He says "It is true that religion can become corrupted... when people think they have to take God’s cause into their own hands, making God into their private property."
At number 7, Ailing world icon Nelson Mandela, 94, spends his 16th day and Christmas Eve in a hospital recuperating from a gallstones operations and recurring lung infection.
Before his retirement in 2004, South Africa's first black president hosted a Christmas feast in his home village for impoverished children.
At number 9, Twitter users invite British CNN host Piers Morgan to Australia, Jamaica, Malaysia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, even the North Pole and the Philippines.
He replies, "Of that, I am certain," to a Filipino official's Twitter invite to come to the Philippines where -quote- "it's more fun."
Morgan trends on Twitter on December 24 when he asked his followers which countries are willing to take him if he must leave the United States following an online petition to have him deported over his support to ban assault weapons following a deadly massacre in Colorado.
And at number 10, The party conventions during the US elections, Felix Baumgartner’s edge-of-the-atmosphere parachute jump, and the ongoing war in Syria are 3 of the epiphanies in 2012 that mark how video sharing site YouTube may soon overtake traditional news sources.
Storyful.com's Markham Nolan says these represent a major shift in the dynamics of news media.
He says, "YouTube is now becoming a real-time window to world events through live streaming." - Rappler.com